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Hot News and Overarching ACC News/Publications

ACC.17 Registration and Call For Science Now Open!
Join the world’s leading cardiovascular professionals in Washington, DC for three full days of innovative education, ground-breaking science, and interactive debates and discussion. ACC.17 will start one day early — on Friday, March 17, 2017 — and end on Sunday, March 19, 2017. Arrive in time to take full advantage of everything that ACC.17 has to offer. Registration for ACC.17 is now open – register today to save. Remember to submit research by Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 11:59 p.m. ET for a chance to be featured at ACC.17. Accepted abstracts will be published in an online issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, ranked the #1 cardiovascular journal in the world, and may be submitted in any of the 41 topic areas including a new ‘Spotlight on Special Topics’ category, featuring research on the topics of Education, Advocacy, Social Media, Leadership or Practice Management. The ACC is also accepting submissions for Interventional Challenging Cases, FIT Clinical Decision-Making Cases and CV Team Cases. Don’t miss the chance to share your science at ACC.17.

Nominate Your Next ACC Trustees
Submit your recommendations for the slate of Trustees for the ACC by Oct. 16, 2016. Each Trustee will serve a three-year term, once renewable. The elections will take place at the Annual Business Meeting in March 2017 in Washington, DC. To learn more about the nomination process, head to Questions? Contact Stephanie Mitchell at 202-375-6446 or

ACC Seeks Successor Editors-in-Chief For JACC: CV Imaging and JACC: CV Interventions
ACC’s Publications Committee is now accepting applications for Editors-in-Chief of JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging and JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions to begin five year terms in January 2017. First issues under the new leadership will publish in July 2017. Both journals have rapidly earned positions among the most prominent titles in cardiology, ranking 6th and 7th respectively among 123 journals in the cardiovascular medicine category. To apply, submit a letter of application addressing your qualifications for the position, along with a brief statement of your vision for the journal. Letters of application should be addressed to ACC Publications Committee, and sent via e-mail to Kim Murphy at The deadline for application submission is Nov. 1. Read more about the JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging and JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions Call for Editor on

The History of Heart House: Celebrating 10 Years in Washington, DC
A new video celebrating of the 10th anniversary of ACC’s headquarters – Heart House – being located in Washington, DC is now online. The video chronicles the history of the College’s headquarters and the reasons for each move, from the early days in the Empire State Building, to the campus-like setting in Bethesda with a state-of-the-art Learning Center, to present day in the nation’s capital. Additionally, an exhibit in the lobby of Heart House in DC features one of the Learning Center chairs From Heart House Bethesda, with photos and details about Heart House then and now. The exhibit also highlights how learning has evolved over the decades with the advent of digital and mobile learning. This is illustrated with an interactive portion of the exhibit that allows visitors to click through some of the College’s most innovative digital learning products, including ACCSAP 9®, ECG Drill and Practice and iScience. View photos of the exhibit on ACC’s Facebook page. Also, a new perspective piece by John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC, past ACC president and chair of ACC’s History Work Group, highlights one of the most iconic parts of ACC’s Heart House – the Man Helping Man statue that sits just outside of the College’s front doors.

Latest Issue of Cardiology Features a Doctor’s Journey Through the Himalayas.
The cover story in the latest issue of Cardiology magazine features Sandeep Krishnan, MD, a Fellow in Training and member of ACC’s Emerging Advocates, who recently completed a three-week journey through the Himalayas in Northern India. While there, he and fellow volunteers saw more than 3,500 patients and provided them with internal medicine, Ob/Gyn, pediatric, pharmaceutical and other services, including echocardiography. The Summer 2016 issue also highlights the work of Benjamin D. Levine, MD, FACC, and his team at the Institute of Exercise and Environmental Medicine at Texas Health Resources in Dallas, as they investigate how sustained high-intensity exercise affects cardiovascular health, and includes an exclusive interview with Dena Wilson, MD, FACC, who is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and has always been involved with the Indian Health Service, first as a patient and now as a physician. Get the full issue at

ACC Shares Guideline-Based Information via Google
A Google search for heart conditions will now prominently display important questions patients should ask their doctor based on ACC’s clinical guidelines. The ACC teamed up with Google to create a list of essential questions that patients should ask their doctors about conditions like heart attack, coronary artery disease, hypertension, high cholesterol and atrial fibrillation. The “Ask a Doctor” feature appears under the “Treatments” section of Google Health Knowledge Graphs, the in-depth search result that appears for health related conditions. “This is a unique opportunity to marry the broad reach and power of Google’s Internet search engine with the clinical and scientific expertise of the ACC,” said ACC Chief Innovation Officer John Rumsfeld, MD, PhD, FACC. “This project makes it easier for the public to get accurate answers to health and medical care questions, and will aid in promoting engagement between patients and their clinicians.” Partnerships such as this are a key part of the College’s innovation strategy. Read more about the Google project and ACC’s innovation efforts on and in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Top Advocacy and Health Policy News

CMS Says "Pick Your Pace" for MACRA Quality Payment Program Participation in 2017
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Sept. 8 announced it will provide clinicians with numerous options for participation in the new Quality Payment Program, initiated by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), in 2017 to help them avoid a negative payment adjustment in 2019. CMS made this decision, which comes ahead of the release of the final MACRA rule expected by November, after receiving feedback from stakeholders across the country who expressed concern with the Jan. 1, 2017, reporting period start date outlined in the proposed rule. In its comments regarding the MACRA proposed rule, the ACC urged CMS to initiate a "hold-harmless" year and/or phase in requirements over time if clinicians experience widespread difficulty transitioning to the new reporting structure. The College is pleased that CMS will provide flexibility for participation in the first year of the program. Read more.

JACC Leadership Page: The Diverse Functions of Advocacy
In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), A. Allen Seals, MD, FACC, chair of ACC’s Board of Governors discusses how the College’s advocacy efforts transform cardiovascular care, help members maintain professional competency, and support population health management in the changing health care landscape. He focuses on the top advocacy priorities for the College this year, including tackling MACRA, as well as the hard work of ACC chapters to ensure patient access to care and cardiovascular practice stability, promote the use of clinical data to improve care, fund research and innovation in cardiovascular care, and improve population health and prevent cardiovascular disease. Seals concludes with a call to action for ACC members to become more active in advocacy, writing, “The future of cardiovascular care is at stake, and it behooves each of us to make advocacy a professional and personal priority.” Read more.

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ACC Member Renewals Due Dec. 10
Renew your ACC membership today to continue your access to tools and benefits that help support you as a cardiovascular professional. With 300+ educational opportunities online, six JACC journals and resources to help you improve patient care and navigate practice change, the ACC is the best investment you can make in your career. Allow us to continue to support you. Renew online at or by calling the Resource Center at +1 202-375-6000, ext. 5603.

Is Your ACC Member Profile Up-To-Date?
The ACC wants to make sure it's sending members only the most relevant information. To that end, the College is encouraging all members to update their ACC profile, including contact information, specialty areas, clinical interest areas and practice information. Don’t miss out on the latest cardiovascular research, new clinical guidelines, advocacy updates, ACC news and member benefits. Update your profile online at

For FITs: Network With Mentors Through ACC's Member Sections
Did you know that FITs receive FREE membership in ACC's 19+ Member Sections? Select your Section preferences and unlock access to a community of professionals that share your specialty and/or interest areas. Gain leadership experience, network with leaders in the field and make progress on priorities that matter to you.

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Top Education News

JACC Journals Now Offering Dual CME/MOC Credit for Online Activities
Each month JACC Journals offer continuing medical education (CME) activities for clinicians based on recent articles and the successful completion of self-assessment questions associated with the articles. Starting this month, the ACC is excited to announce that going forward clinicians may simultaneously earn both CME and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit for completing these activities. The JACC Journals activities are the next steps in the College’s efforts to continue to grow the number of free, dual CME/MOC activities for its members. The first JACC Journals CME/MOC activities are now posted for JACC: Heart Failure, JACC: Interventions and JACC: Imaging. Activities for JACC and JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology will be posted on Sept. 12 and Oct. 17, respectively. For more on JACC Journals CME/MOC activities visit and click on “CME.” For more on MOC, visit the College’s online MOC hub at

Discover ACC’s New ACCSAP 9
ACC’s Adult Clinical Cardiology Self-Assessment Program (ACCSAP 9) has been rebuilt from the ground up, by cardiologists for cardiologists. This brand new and improved version includes information in text, audio and video format, supplemented with hundreds of case-based questions for use to create custom quizzes and simulate Board exams. Additionally, a new mobile app facilitates on-the-go learning with via phone or tablet, with or without an internet connection. Use ACCSAP 9 to identify knowledge gaps, reinforce existing knowledge, learn new information applicable in clinical practice, and more. Learn more at

Improve Your ECG Interpretation Skills With ECG Drill & Practice
The ACC recently launched a new ECG Drill & Practice tool for those preparing for initial Board certification in cardiovascular disease or just looking to hone their ECG interpretation skills. The product provides an opportunity for users to learn about identification of ECG abnormalities, practice what they just learned using flash card technology as well as challenge their ECG interpretation skills. The ECG Drill & Practice product incorporates the self-assessment ECG test, featuring format and answer options similar to those of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s certifying examination in cardiovascular disease. Visit to learn more.

Claim Your Credit from ACC.16
Don't forget to claim your credit or certificate of participation for ACC.16. Click here to access the Credit System, and review the instructions and frequently asked questions for more information. The remaining deadline for claiming certificates is:

  • CME/CNE Certificate and Certificate of Participation: October 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. ET
If you are not already logged in, you will need to enter your ACC username and password. If you need assistance, you may contact the Resource Center by email at or phone at 800-253-4636 ext. 5603 (Toll Free, US & Canada) or 202-375-6000 ext. 5603 (Outside US & Canada).

Subscribe to JACC Journals and Stay on Top of the World’s Most Cited CV Content
JACC Journals are consistently ranked among the most cited cardiovascular journals in the world. The growing family of JACC Journals provides the latest research and clinical practice updates in all aspects of cardiovascular disease, imaging, cardiovascular interventions, heart failure, clinical electrophysiology and basic translational research. Visit to browse current issues of every JACC Journal, read online before print articles, sign up for eTable of Contents, see summary illustrations and access editor-in-chief audio summaries. ACC members can access full journal content for free online and through the JACC Journals App – and members practicing in the U.S. can receive JACC Journals in print for free.

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For Patients – CardioSmart

Metabolic Syndrome Infographic Now Available
Metabolic Syndrome has been called the “perfect storm” when it comes to heart disease risk. Since this condition is a combination of health problems that often occur together and raise risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, often times patients have troubles managing it. With ACC’s CardioSmart Metabolic Syndrome Infographic you can better explain to your patients how to recognize this condition and prevent it. CardioSmart’s infographic posters are ideal point-of-care graphics for your waiting and exam rooms, and can be downloaded for free at

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Digital ACC Resources

ACC Guideline Clinical App Updated With Latest DAPT Content
Launched in 2014, the ACC Guideline Clinical App recently released its 6th update with navigation improvements and additional guidelines for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, ST-elevation Myocardial Infarction, Stable Ischemic Heart Disease and Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting. This update completed the earlier release of the DAPT Focused Update in March. The Guideline Clinical App is one of the ways in which the ACC is bringing guidelines closer to the busy clinician with condensed content in a mobile format. A total of 16 guidelines are available in the collection and users are encouraged to provide feedback. Search “ACC Guideline Clinical App” on the web or in your app store to download the app for free. Learn more about ACC’s mobile apps at

ICD/CRT Appropriate Use Criteria App
This app provides decision and documentation support for clinicians assessing the suitability of ICD implantation and CRT. The ICD/CRT Appropriate Use Criteria App addresses those patient scenarios specifically covered in the ACC/HRS/AHA et al. 2013 Appropriate Use Criteria for ICD and CRT document. Clinicians can use this app to obtain an appropriate use rating for ICD/CRT, view the likelihood of CMS coverage for the patient receiving an ICD, and produce a summary of patient inputs and advice for email. Search “ACC ICD CRT AUC App” on the web or in your app store to download the app for free. Learn more about ACC’s other mobile apps at

Listen to JACC Journals on the Go
Stay up-to-date on the most important science and emerging discoveries in clinical cardiology with JACC Journals Audio Summaries. JACC Editor-in-Chief Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, and JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology Editor-in-Chief David J. Wilber, MD, FACC, provide informative overviews of each issue, as well as in-depth commentary on the studies featured in their respective JACC Journals. Busy clinicians can easily download the summaries and listen on the go at or by searching “JACC Podcasts” in the iTunes store or through Android’s Player FM.

Get Easy Access to JACC Content on Your Phone or Tablet Via the JACC Journals App
Use the JACC Journals App to access the latest research and clinical practice updates from the top-ranked family of JACC Journals. This single app puts all of your favorite content at your fingertips – and is accessible across all iOS and Android devices. The app lets you browse new issues, link to featured articles, and interact with figures, tables and multimedia content. The “My Reading List” feature allows you to save articles for offline reading; share via social media; email useful content; and much more! Download the app from the iTunes App Store or get it on Google Play today.

Free ACCEL Access for FITs
Did you know that Fellows in Training receive unlimited, complimentary access to ACC’s ACCEL audio journal. Sign up for this unique membership benefit here.

Stay In Touch With the ACC via Social Media
Stay in touch with the ACC and the latest clinical and advocacy news through ACCinTouch. ACCinTouch connects ACC members and those interested in cardiovascular news through popular social networking channels like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Join each of these networks to connect with ACC members and those interested in cardiology. In addition to the ACC's main Twitter profile @ACCinTouch, the College also has a profile dedicated to advocacy-related news (@Cardiology). CardioSmart, ACC's patient education and support program, also has patient-centered cardiovascular news available through Facebook, Twitter (@CardioSmart), and YouTube. For more information about ACC’s social media channels, visit

ACC Archived Webinars
Did you know that you can find archived webinars from throughout the years from the ACC on As a member, you have access to this wealth of information here. To access them, you must have an log-in and use the confirmation code and webinar access link emailed to you once you. Questions? Contact ACC’s Resource Center at Phone: 202-375-6000, ext. 5603 or 800-253-4636, ext. 5603 or

Download ACC’s Advocacy Action Mobile App
Be sure to download the ACC Advocacy Action mobile app to get easy access to ACC's advocacy priorities and timely talking points to share during congressional visits. The app was designed to help members engage with lawmakers and influence health policy. Download it today on iTunes (iPhone, iPad) and Google Play (Android devices).

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